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Cincinnati Championship Sunday Preview

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

• FINALS DAY: Roger Federer and David Ferrer, two of the ATP World Tour’s most experienced players, meet for the 16th time in the Western & Southern Open final. Federer, a five-time champion here, has won all 15 of their previous meetings across an 11-year span, dropping just four sets in the process. The Swiss is chasing a 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and an 80th title overall, while Ferrer is seeking a 22nd tour-level win and a second at Masters 1000 level.

• OLDEST OPEN ERA CHAMPIONS: This is the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (since 1990) to feature two players aged over 30. It is also the first all 30-over final in Cincinnati in the Open Era. Either Federer (33) or Ferrer (32) will add their name to the list of oldest winners here: Ken Rosewall (35 in 1970), Andre Agassi (34 in 2004) and Marty Riessen (32 in 1974). This is the fourth all 30-over final on Tour this year after Brisbane (Hewitt d. Federer), Düsseldorf (Kohlschreiber d. Karlovic) and Newport (Hewitt d. Karlovic).

• GOING FOR SIX: Federer is bidding for a sixth Cincinnati title today. The World No. 3 has a perfect 5-0 record in finals here, winning in 2005 (d. Roddick), 2007 (d. Blake), 2009 (d. Djokovic), 2010 (d. Fish) and 2012 (d. Djokovic).

 MULTIPLE MASTERS: Ferrer is looking to become the eighth active player to win multiple ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The Spaniard’s lone success at this level came in Paris in 2012 (d. Janowicz). Here’s a glance at those active players with two or more Masters 1000 titles:

Player Titles
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Roger Federer (SUI)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Andy Murray (GBR)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2

• FEDERER’S LANDMARK: Federer is looking to capture his 80th career title. He has contested seven finals this year, winning two titles in Dubai and Halle. If successful today, he will become just the third player in the Open Era to reach the 80 titles landmark, joining Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

• BIG FOUR DOMINANCE: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s win at the Rogers Cup last week marked just the fourth time in the last 40 ATP World Tour Masters 1000s that someone outside the Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Federer emerged victorious. Nadal, Federer and Murray have won eight of the past nine Western & Southern Open titles here. The only non-Big Four winner during that stretch was Andy Roddick (2006).

• WINNERS OVER 30: This will be the 11th tournament won by a player aged over 30 this year. The 
previous 10 in chronological order: Brisbane (Hewitt), Buenos Aires (Ferrer), Dubai (Federer), Casablanca (Garcia-Lopez), Houston (Verdasco), Oeiras (Berlocq), Düsseldorf (Kohlschreiber), Halle (Federer), Eastbourne (F Lopez) and Newport (Hewitt). The 16 events won by those over 30 last year were the most since 1975 (19).



[6] David Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] Roger Federer (SUI)

FedEx Head2Head: Federer leads 15-0
2003 Vienna (Austria) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-2 6-2
2005 Doha (Qatar) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-1 6-1
2006 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard SF Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
2006 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF Roger Federer 6-1 6-3
2006 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet QF Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(14)
2007 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-0
2007 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Hamburg Clay QF Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3
2007 Tennis Masters Cup (China) Hard F Roger Federer 6-2 6-3 6-2
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R16 Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 6-4
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay SF Roger Federer 7-5 3-6 6-3
2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (England) Hard RR Roger Federer 6-1 6-4
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (England) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-5 6-3
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay QF Roger Federer 6-4 6-4
2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (England) Hard RR Roger Federer 6-4 7-6(5)
2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada Hard QF Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3

• This is the ninth all-Top 10 final on Tour this year. 
• Ferrer reached his seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-5) and 45th overall (21-23) with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Julien Benneteau in the SF. The Spaniard’s road to the final: Philipp Kohlschreiber – saving 2 MPs, Mikhail Youzhny, Tommy Robredo and Benneteau.
• Ferrer is making his 11th appearance at the Western & Southern Open. His best showing before this year was a QF appearance here in 2006 (l. to Gonzalez) and 2007 (l. to Davydenko).
• Ferrer is seeking his 22nd Tour-level title and second at an ATP Masters 1000 event. His lone title at this level came in Paris in November 2012 (d. Janowicz). 
• Ferrer is the sixth Spaniard to reach the Cincinnati final in the Open Era and he is trying to become the third winner after Rafael Nadal (last year) and Carlos Moya (2002). Other Spaniards to reach the final: Juan Gisbert (1971), Manuel Orantes (1973) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (2006).
• Ferrer reached the QF in Toronto for the first time last week (l. to Federer), completing the full set of QF appearances at all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He has now reached the SF or better at seven of the nine, with Indian Wells and Canada being the only exceptions. 
• Ferrer clinched his 21st Tour title in Buenos Aires in February when he defeated Fabio Fognini in the final, ending a seven-match losing streak in finals. He also reached the final at the ATP 500 event in Hamburg last month, falling in a third-set tie-break to first-time winner Leonardo Mayer.
• Ferrer’s other standout performances this year came at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Monte-Carlo (l. to Wawrinka in SF) and Madrid (l. to Nishikori in SF). In Monte-Carlo, he defeated world No. 1 Nadal, which was his fifth career victory over a reigning world No. 1: vs Nadal (3 times), Djokovic and Agassi. He also became the fourth player to beat Nadal multiple times on clay. 
• Ferrer reached his 10th consecutive Grand Slam QF at Roland Garros before falling to Nadal in four sets. His streak of final eight appearances at the majors came to an end at Wimbledon where he fell in the 2R to world No. 118 Andrey Kuznetsov in five sets. 
• Ferrer finished the 2013 season at a year-end best No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. It was the third year in a row he finished inside the Top 5 and also the fourth straight year in which he won at least 55 matches. He played an ATP-high 84 matches during the season.
• Federer advanced to his 38th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (21-16) and 121st overall (79-41) with a straightforward 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Milos Raonic in the SF. The Swiss’ road to the final: Vasek Pospisil, Gael Monfils, Andy Murray and Raonic. 
• With his 2R win, Federer became the first player to reach 300 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 wins.
• Federer returns to Cincinnati for the 14th time. Only Michael Chang has appeared here more often. 
• Federer is bidding for his sixth Western & Southern Open crown this week. He is a perfect 5-0 in finals here, winning in 2005 (d. Roddick 6-3, 7-5), 2007 (d. Blake 6-1, 6-4), 2009 (d. Djokovic 6-1, 7-5), 2010 (d. Fish 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4) and 2012 (d. Djokovic 6-0, 7-6(7)). Last year, he fell in the QF to eventual champion Rafael Nadal
• Federer is appearing in his sixth Western & Southern Open final (5-0). He has appeared in 6+ finals at six other tournaments: Basel (10; 5-5), Halle (9; 7-2), Wimbledon (9; 7-2), Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (8; 6-2), Dubai (8; 6-2) and US Open (6; 5-1). 
• Federer is seeking an 80th career title and a 22nd at ATP Masters 1000 level. The world No. 3 has now reached eight finals in 2014 alone (2-5) with this being his fourth final in succession. 
• Federer is aiming to snap a four-match losing streak in ATP Masters 1000 finals with his last win at this level coming here in Cincinnati two years ago. 
• Federer has a Tour-best (most wins) 11-4 record vs. Top 10 opponents this year. He went into the 2013 US Open with one Top 10 win. 
• Federer is looking to bounce back this week after a final defeat to Tsonga at the Rogers Cup. The former world No. 1 saw off Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez in the QF and SF before falling to the Frenchman in his 120th Tour-level final. 
• Federer turned 33 last Friday and is the oldest player to rank in the Top 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since Andre Agassi (33) was No. 1 on Sept. 1, 2003.
• At Wimbledon, Federer reached the final with wins over Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic (l. to Djokovic in 5 sets). The Swiss had been bidding to win his eighth crown at SW19.  
• Federer clinched the first of his two titles this season and 78th overall in Dubai in February (d. world No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• In Halle, Federer won his 79th title and 14th on grass, defeating Alejandro Falla in the final.
• In 2013, Federer became the oldest player to finish a season inside the Top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the Top 10 for 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the Top 5 came to an end.
• Federer’s coach Stefan Edberg returns to Cincinnati for the first time since 1996. He’s a 2-time champ here, reaching the QF or better 11 years in a row, winning a tournament record 45 matches.

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